June 14th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man arrested last week for sexual misconduct with a minor had his first appearance in court Monday.
Bradley Kincaid, 20, was arrested June 7 for allegedly having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.
Kincaid pleaded not guilty and stated in court he would represent himself instead of hiring an attorney or having a public defender.
Bart Taylor Toomey died Sunday, June 9 2013, at Northeast Georgiaâ€™s Medical Center surrounded by family.
Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Bart is survived by his wife, Rita; daughter, Brenda (Steve) Kortekamp; grandchildren, Alex, Nick and Brooke Kortekamp; daughter Carlynne Toomey; grandchildren, Ryan, Kyle and Skye; stepdaughter, Candace (Robert) Cole; grandchildren, Bobby, Connor and Andrew Cole; stepdaughter, Nicole (Kelly) Hall; grandchildren, Kristen, Justin and Sean Hall and sister Marilyn Snyder.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Once again, Whitley County Consolidated Schools will participate in the USDA Summer Food Service Program.
Free meals will be made available to all children under the age of 18 and to persons over 18 years who are enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled.
Free meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team held its youth camp in May.
Pictured are fourth and fifth graders who participated in the camp.
Front row, from left: Arissa Cody, Emma Souders, Riley Bunyan, Carly Mabie, Heidi Bolinger and Katie Hoag.
Second row: Ally Willson, Jada Conrad, Grace Schrader, Emma Nicodemus, Rebecca Kessler and Kendall Scott.
Third row: Shawna Hall, Brayden Lickey, Adrienne Klefeker, Olivia Shearer, Gabby Fry, Madison Whaley, Ashleigh Bechtold, Brianna Eiler and Kendall Longenbaugh.
MISHAWAKA (AP) â€” The roofs were blown off some buildings in northern Indiana as a storm with winds sometimes topping 60 mph swept through the state.
The National Weather Service says Wednesday nightâ€™s storm caused scattered building, tree and power line damage, including reports near the cities of Wabash and Rochester.
Detour for U.S. 30 in Starke Co.
LAPORTE â€” Travelers in the western part of Indiana will experience detours on U.S. 30 this week. Construction began on the highway in Starke County Monday.
Travelers going west will be detoured by driving north on Ind. 39, taking U.S. 6 west, then returning south on U.S. 421, where they will intersect with U.S. 30 once more. Indiana Department of Transportation officials indicate construction will continue until Friday of this week.
Frontage Road, Col. City closed starting Monday
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With heavy rain forecasted for Wednesday night, Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s graduation ceremony was in jeopardy.
However, the high school experienced no flooding.
Principal Jennifer Reiff, not wanting to move the commencement, made quick decisions earlier in the week to prevent a potential disaster.
Three years ago, the high schoolâ€™s commencement was moved to Indian Springs Middle School. Reiff did not want to see a repeat.
â€śIâ€™ll be darned if we have to do that again,â€ť she said.
Editorâ€™s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though Zach Rumsyre hasnâ€™t been a fireman as long as many others in Whitley County, he has his sights aimed high.
Rumsyre, who has been a volunteer fireman with Jefferson Center Fire Department since 2004, has already worked his way into a captainâ€™s position.
â€śIt is my goal to become a career firefighter,â€ť Rumsyre said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For the third consecutive year, Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) will be raising the price of its food for students.
Lunch will have an increased price tag of 10 cents across each school level in 2013-14. The previous two yearsâ€™ increases were a nickel each time.
At the elementary school level, students will pay $1.70 per lunch next year. Middle school students will be charged $1.85 and the price for high schoolers will be $1.95.
Breakfast prices will increase 10 cents as well, the first time that has occurred since 2004-05.
A conspicuous cloud hangs over downtown Columbia City Wednesday evening as storms rolled in.
Pictured is the sky lit up with lightning as darkness blows over the city.
To see the image animated, go to http://i.imgur.com/m96HDjz.gif
The shelf cloud went on to cause hail and strong winds in Churubusco, and even prompted tornado warnings as it passed through northeast Indiana.
Though the dark cloud coming down from the shelf cloud did not have rotation in Columbia City, it is called a wall cloud, and had the potential for tornadoes.